With Thanksgiving just around the corner, many of us are wrapping up our shortened work weeks, getting travel plans in order and finalizing dinner menus. Retailers on the other hand are ramping up for one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year. Black Friday has long been known as one of the busiest and most profitable days of the year and it’s been common for stores to open in the early morning hours to capitalize on the anticipated crowds.
In recent years, however, Black Friday has slowly encroached on the Thanksgiving holiday itself and this year a number of retailers, including Macy’s, Target, Walmart, Toys ‘R’ Us and RadioShack, are boasting store openings as early as 6:00pm on Thursday. While shopaholics will rejoice, the unfortunate reality is that thousands of retail employees across the country will have to cut their holiday short. This has prompted widespread backlash, including a number of petitions from consumers who believe retailers have lost sight of the holiday’s meaning and are instead being driven by greed.